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Art Events From Quincy and Yakima to Leavenworth and Wenatchee

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Well, there’s a lot going on in the arts in the valley and beyond. Just last week was the grand opening for the new Library in Quincy http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/photos/2011/dec/14/110114/which is featuring art by many artists in the area. Sadly due to illness and the weather we did not make it out to the opening, which I feel a great loss for not having been there. I really wanted to photograph the event and see and enjoy the art by all the artists featured there. As soon as I do get out there, I promise to feature the art there in a future blog.

Meanwhile, this just in from Samantha Martinez the events coordinator with Allied Arts of Yakima. She wants to remind all the artists who contributed works for the Yakima emergency family Shelter Project that this Thursday is the opening reception at the Peggy Lewis Gallery at the Allied arts Center in Yakima and if any of the artists have yet to get their bios in to please do so ASAP! She can be reached at 509-966-0930 sam@alliedartsyakima.org. Hopefully the weather will be such that I will be there. Think positive… weather or no, I will be there.

And, for the rest out there who aren’t familiar with the project, the exhibit opening reception is Thursday, January 26, 5:30-7p, in the Peggy Lewis Gallery at the Allied Arts Center. The show will be up for one week only and the closing is February 3.

It’s really a great thing that they have done in Yakima. The project is a partnership of the Yakima YWCA, Junior League of Yakima, and Allied Arts of Yakima Valley. These organizations sought artwork to "encourage and inspire a safe, cheerful and nurturing environment conducive to healing and empowerment." The contributing artists are Eunsil Kim, Michelle Fortier, Isaiah Williamson, Monique McFadden, Jillian Ross, Nancy Rossman, Terri Schaake, Elizabeth Freitag, Philip Roberts, Judy Niemi, Klarissa Shepard, Lis Pedemonte, Adi Segal, LeAnne Ries, Shiree Cosgrove, Gary Miller, Martha Flores, Nia Brown, Anouk Rawkson, Renee Lazorik, Kiana Siefkas, Marti Canatsey, Kevin Sak, Penn O. Shelton, Betty England, Matthew Calahan, Evalyn Suarez, Jennifer Bush, and Doug Johnson.

Each of these fine artists were asked to submit work with themes that supported the following affirmation from the perspective of the shelter’s clients:

“My Story is now... I am safe, strong, empowered, loved, courageous, confident and committed. I am free to write my own story through self-reflection, self-respect, and recognizing my self-worth. I AM.”

Each of the artworks will eventually adorn the walls of the YWCA Yakima's Emergency Family Shelter, which has been a place of refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence for nearly 40 years. The YWCA completed the expansion of the shelter, increasing space from 29 to 45 beds in 2008. Although the shelter rooms are adequately furnished, the YWCA really wanted to create a sense of "home" and comfort for these courageous families during a time of intense confusion and stress.

For this purpose the Junior League of Yakima offered a grant for this project. The Junior League's mission is to promote volunteerism, and to develop the potential of women. Additionally, Junior League members will help with framing and installation of the artwork. Framing was provided, in part, by the Yakima Bindery. Thank you to the Yakima Bindery, your efforts are so appreciated. Meanwhile, closer in to us here in Wenatchee is the Martha Flores "Inflorescence" exhibit in Leavenworth.

Anna Miller at Icicle Arts Gallery is pleased to present Martha Flores' EmphasisInflorescence on display now until February 19. EmphasisInflorescence showcases bright, bold hues with expressive and vibrant brush strokes. Each piece tells a unique story through color, line, and shape - some verging on abstract while others are more representational. Managing Director Anna Miller and Curatorial & Exhibit Coordinator Bryan Miller will host a free “meet the artist” reception in the gallery on Friday, February 10, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Martha Flores was born in Guatemala and raised in El Salvador. She earned her Master of Fine Art degree at California State University in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to Wenatchee in 1992 Martha had many art exhibits and commendations including one from the former Mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley. Martha has taught art in California and Washington for over thirty years and has exhibited in several galleries, museums, and other venues in the Northwest for the past nineteen years. Martha says of her show at Icicle Arts Gallery “With this show I have put together a collection of my works that are not just a retrospective of my work, but that tell the story in some way of my own inflorescence… a botanical term that is central to the form and function of a flower. Inflorescence is not just a play on words (including the name of Flores). It is a genuine expression of the flowering of the soul or essence of, not just myself, but of all of us…that should be present throughout our lives.”

Icicle Arts Gallery is located at 347 Division Street in Leavenworth, also home to Barn Beach Reserve and the Upper Valley Museum. The gallery presents six solo shows per year and invites applicants for 2012 gallery shows. For more information on the gallery, or to submit a show application visit iciclearts.org/gallery or call (509) 548-2278. Icicle Arts connects, educates, and celebrates the arts community in the Wenatchee River Valley. All programs are made possible by generous community support. To learn more and support the arts in our valley visit iciclearts.org or call (509) 548-2278 today.

Kudos and thanks to Reed Carlson who did a wonderful job of photographing the current show at Two Rivers Gallery which can be viewed on skydrive at: https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=fffb5df47955fccf&Bsrc=Photomail&Bpub=SDX.Photos&id=FFFB5DF47955FCCF%211205&sff=1

Reed will be continuing his Winter series of classes for beginning and intermediate photographers this Saturday January 28th, from 9-11 a.m. The subject is “Photographing your Artwork: Copy Techniques for Portfolio and Media Presentation” I wonder if I should take this class which will give a basic understanding of how to photograph art and craft objects, with controlled light. Students must bring their camera, and their instruction manual. It will be helpful for cameras to have full manual adjustability, and auxiliary flash capabilities. Editing images in Adobe software such as Lightroom, or Photoshop will be demonstrated.

The class will be held from 9-11 a.m. at Icicle Studios, 11734 Suite C Highway 2 Leavenworth, adjacent to Sage Mountain Natural Foods.Cost of the workshop is $25, payable by check or cash on the day of the workshop. Advanced registration is required; so call or write by Wednesday, January 25. For more information call 509-548-0606 or 509-679-1789. For a complete list of workshops readers can visit Reeds webpage at: http://www.iciclevalleyphotography.com/classes/ Well, enough for now. Have a very artful day and enjoy the snow while it lasts.

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